Our Schools:
Dr. Rue
Karen G. Rue, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
PO Box 77070
Fort Worth, TX  76177


Karen Rue, Ed.D., joined Northwest ISD in July 2005 as the Superintendent of Schools. Under her leadership, the district continues to make gains in increasing academic success while providing all students with opportunities and experiences designed to prepare them for their future.

Superintendent Karen Rue is leading a transformational change in education at Northwest ISD and in Texas to ensure that all students are equipped for the digital age in which we live. She has a passion for public education and is dedicated to supporting NISD educators as they prepare students to be future ready: ready for college, ready for the global workplace, and ready for personal success.

While at NISD, Dr. Rue has led the district under the guidance of a detailed strategic plan developed with the vision and input of students, parents, staff, community members, and NISD School Board members. This plan and the core beliefs, vision, mission, and goals stated therein guide every decision made in the district. She has been instrumental in leading district-wide initiatives such as Community-Based Accountability, revising the Profile of a Graduate, creating the Profile of an Educator, providing a digital learning environment through student tablets and netbooks, expanding the NISD Academies, and developing the Outdoor Learning Center.

Dr. Rue has managed three successful bond elections, each based on the recommendation of the Long-Range Planning committee and overwhelmingly supported by the community.  The first bond election was held in 2005 for $224 million, the second in 2008 for $260 million, and the most recent in 2012 for $255 million.

Dr. Rue’s transformation efforts are earning her state and national attention. She was most recently named the Region XI Superintendent of the Year. As one of 23 school districts selected to the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, she has taken an active role in continuing the work of the Public Education Visioning Institute, of which she is a founding member, to encourage innovation, creativity, and more meaningful assessment and accountability measures.

Her efforts to ensure that students are provided a digital learning environment have been recognized with the district’s receipt of such awards as the 2015 Digital Content and Curriculum Honoree by Center for Digital Education, fifth place in National Digital School Districts Survey Award, and an Honorable Mention Team Award by Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). Dr. Rue was also selected to participate in the Connected Superintendents Summit at the White House, chosen as a finalist in the eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards program, and named one of the nation’s Top 50 Innovators in Education by the Center for Digital Education.

Elected by her peers, Dr. Rue is currently serving as President of the Texas Association of School Administrators and previously chaired the Leadership Development Committee. In addition, she serves as the Vice President for South Central States for Urban Superintendents of America Association, 80th and 81st Legislative Chair for the Texas Fast Growth Schools Coalition, and Vice President for the Texas School Coalition. She also serves as a Director of the 35W Coalition and was President of the Northwest Communities Partnership in 2014. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences.

Prior to joining Northwest ISD, Dr. Rue served as superintendent of schools of Tuloso-Midway ISD and as Executive Director of Katy ISD, a large school district with over 37,000 students. While at Katy ISD she received the United States Congressional Award for her contribution to education.

Karen Rue, Ed.D., has a bachelor's degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, a master's from Lamar University, and a doctorate from Texas A&M University. All three degrees are in education.